Thanks to new regulations, councils will be able to obtain government approval to establish a New Town Development Corporation that delivers new garden communities and towns in their area.
These new bodies will be responsible for project development and master planning, securing private investment, establishing partnerships with developers, and supervising the creation of a new garden village or town, with each expected to deliver thousands of new council homes.
The development corporations, which will be held accountable by councils, will be required to solicit community involvement in their projects. This includes allowing locals to provide input on how new council homes are delivered.
The corporations will also be subject to the regular planning requirements, such as taking measures that protect the Green Belt. They will be led by groups consisting of community stakeholders, council members, experts in major product delivery and other entities involved in site delivery.
The Housing Minister said that he was committed to giving councils the tools they need to deliver the homes that communities need.